RED BANK, NJ - The Red Bank Public Library will honor African American History Month on Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with “Preserving Our History,” a talk by Gloria Douglas and Michelle Lewis, founders of Storytellers in Cloth, a group of women of color who carry on the African American tradition of quilting.  On view during the program will be a display of one-of-a-kind African American quilts.  The tradition of African American quilts dates back to slavery in America, when slaves made quilts from discarded clothing and feed sacks, with many of the patterns in their work reflecting African textiles.  The intricate workings and magnificent color combinations in these quilts are an evolution of another time that Storytellers in Cloth have kept alive.

The library is pleased to announce as well that a reading of “Gee’s Bend,” a play by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, will also be part of the afternoon’s events.  This play invites the audience to join the citizens of Gee’s Bend, a remote community in Alabama, as they survive the life struggles of the individual, the family, and the culture with grace, faith, and resilience.  This community has been celebrated for the extraordinary quilts it produced, and the audience can now meet the extraordinary women who crafted them.  “Gee’s Bend” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

This program is offered by the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library in collaboration with Gilda Rogers of FrankTalk and is supported by funds from the library’s Board of Trustees. The program is free and no registration is required.

Additional information on these and other free programs in the Adult and Children’s Departments of the Red Bank Public Library is available at the library, on the library’s website www.lmxac.org/redbank, or by calling the library at 732-842-0690.

Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.